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  1. Yes...each car had the same issue...bad tank sending unit. Neither gauge fluttered as you describe...they simply would go slightly over halfway to full but no more.
  2. If the car has a closed coolant system make sure the cap is for a closed system.
  3. In two different Avantis (a '63 and a '70) I had similar experiences where the gauge would only go so high even when I knew I had a full tank. Each time replacing the fuel tank sender cured the issue. If you have the shop manual it gives instructions on how to test and determine whether the tank sending unit or the gauge is at fault.
  4. Unless originality is what you're going after, you can do what I did on the '70 Avanti I owned aand eliminate the factory trunk light and install LED light strips. They really illuminate the trunk. I also added a manual switch to turn the lights on and off for when the car was at shows with the trunk lis left open. Here's a link to where I posted it here in 2014...LED trunk lights If you want to keep the factory light I believe Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors has replacements. You can use a LED light bulb to eliminate heat and draw less current doing that.
  5. Definitely get the surge protector...the Unilite distributors are famous for blowing out if there's an electrical spike. I think the protection should have been designed into the unit but they didn't ask me for advice.
  6. It may depend on what carburetor your car has. Avanti Motors changed carburetors several times during the early years before simply going with the GM supplied carb on complete crate engines...maybe to piggyback on emissions certifications. Avanti Motors used Carter, Holley and Rochester carbs over time...some Carter AFB (not all) and Rochester (at least the Quadrajet) have replaceable filters that fit into the carb inlets. Those carbs that didn't come with inlet fuel filters would use the inline filter such as yours.
  7. Check with either Jon Myer at Myer's Studebaker or Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors. I would think either can help you out.
  8. Unless your Avanti is equipped with the forklift steering box rather than the Ross unit don't waste your money on the quick steering arms. The forklift steering box added in the late '70s was detrimental to the car's steering and Steve Blake had the quick steering arms made to return the original geometry. In an earlier car they make no appreciable difference other than to make the steering more "darty" to coin a term. Ask me how I know. I would not recommend the change for an earlier Avanti.
  9. Not sure but I believe the Jeep Wagoneer used King Pins until about '91 but Ford or Chevy may have used them in some trucks until a bit later.
  10. A small block Mopar fuel pump will fit with a bit of bending of the arm. I believe Dave Thibeault (one of our vendors) carries them ready to go.
  11. Avanti Motors purchased all Avanti materials from Studebaker...if such documents existed they should have been part of the purchase package and delivered to Avanti Motors. Now if they existed and if they were transferred to Avanti Motors is the question. An alternative is to make a request of the Studebaker National Museum as they should have any records Avanti Motors didn't receive.
  12. Nearly all RQA Avantis received the Corvette 327/300hp engine. In the 1970 model year beginning with RQA0315 and subsequent RQB cars in 1970 received the Corvette 350/300hp engines. CE means it's a "counter sold" or "crate engine". The best I can decode the engine shown is it was from the Flint, MI foundry and was cast on August 30 but can't say what year. Obtaining a copy of the production order from Nostalgic Motors will give you the engine number installed by Avanti Motors. That will confirm whether the engine is original to the car. Avanti Motors would purchase roughly a six mont
  13. If you don't replace the 3-speed quadrant with the 4-speed quadrant you'll find to have it in Drive the stick will not line up exactly with the shifter indicator. You'll have to learn where Drive is and get used to it. No big deal but you have to be aware of it.
  14. I've seen two versions of the story...one was that when it was red it was originally built for Bob Morrison of Molded Fiberglass and I also have a magazine with a white car saying it was built for high speed runs at Bonneville. It was apparently the same car but not definitively so. It had a very ugly bump in the hood to make space for the blower...guess it was easier to do some fiberglass work than to make some changes to install the blower where an R2 would have had it. The photos I've seen of it showed its installation precluded installed a dual master cylinder. The car was advertis
  15. It's arguable...it was probably just one but there were reports of two...a red one and a white one. There's circumstantial evidence it was the same car having been repainted. I'll say just one.
  16. Different years used different modules. One thing to remember is Avanti Motors usually bought engines in something like six month quantities for a discount...that doesn't mean they were pulled from inventory in the order they were received. So any particular Avanti could actually have an engine from the previous model year. It sounds like you're gonna have to pull the module from your distributor to obtain the correct replacement.
  17. I second the remark about not buying aftermarket ignition modules...they will work...for a while. The aftermarket modules come with a lot of hype about how they make for more voltage...more power, etc. They simply are not as good as genuine GM Delco and will not last nearly as long. All they do is lighten your wallet and maybe come with a nice decal to put on your car to tell people what you have.
  18. Check connections and grounds...the bane of a fiberglass car. Check all battery and ground connections under the hood...make sure they're clean and tight. Check the distributor connections as well. What you've described can be related to the ignition module...at least in my experience. I had a '78 Corvette that experienced similar symptoms.
  19. The best penetrating oil I've used is called Kroil. It's really great stuff...don't know if hardware or auto supply stores carry it...check a gun store. Gunsmiths swear by it as it loosens rusted screws without harming the firearm itself.
  20. It doesn't seem to be a Studebaker part number...it may be an Avanti II part.
  21. If it was a side terminal battery it's a Group 74. If it's a top post terminal it's a Group 24. As far as brand...no idea other than "Low Bid". A lot of items like that Avanti Motors was probably using local vendors and that could have changed annually or more often.
  22. They're very rare side front quarter panel emblems for Lark-type cars and Hawks that would have been equipped with the "Super" package for 1964. Most will say R-1 or R-2...the R-3 and R-4 are exceedingly rare and desirable...unless they're reproduction of which some were made...probably more repops than genuine emblems like those exist.
  23. Depending on the year the high beam indicator is between and above the speedometer and tach and in some years the light is in the speedometer and the above and between light is the electric choke indicator.
  24. The '70 Avanti I owned had a curious mix of colors from the factory...Cadillac dark bronze paint...mahogany interior with the walnut brown steering wheel, dash and console inlays and steering...and an orange shag carpet. My wife said the '70s were known as the decade of bad taste...and this car proved that when it was new. During that time period there were some...let's say..."eclectic" interior and exterior schemes coming out of the Avanti factory.
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